pretend to

pretend to (something)

To feign or claim to have some quality, skill, or characteristic. Jonathan pretends to the palate of a connoisseur, but really he's just pretentious. I like to write, but couldn't pretend to the kind of talent she has.
See also: pretend

pretend to something

to claim to have a skill or quality. I can hardly pretend to the artistry that Wally has, but I can play the piano a bit. I can't pretend to that level of skill.
See also: pretend
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes the quarrel between two princes is to decide which of them shall dispossess a third of his dominions, where neither of them pretend to any right.
You have had the good grace to fall in with my humour, and to pretend to eat and to drink when nothing was there.
They usually pretend to be flowers, because the court sits in the Fairies' Basin, and there are so many flowers there, and all along the Baby Walk, that a flower is the thing least likely to attract attention.
I cannot pretend to offer a positive opinion until I know more of the particulars connected with this extraordinary business than I find communicated either in your letter or in your maid's.
London, July 2 ( ANI ): 1 in 3 men pretend to look more intelligent and cultured than they really are, a new study revealed.
He doesn't pretend to know the psyche of a whole region.
Peter Dabbene (author); WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE; Vanguard Press (Fiction: Literary) 19.
My favorite imaginary game is playing pioneers--my siblings and friends dress up in costumes with aprons, dresses, and bonnets and pretend to churn butter, plow fields, sew, and garden .
People pretend to be doctors and policemen and any profession where they can gain respect.
It is a time when they break through the walls of reality, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play.
synonyms: impersonate, play, and act mean to pretend to be somebody else.
Heather is pretending to be Hazel and Shirley's pretending to be Heather, which means that, by the end of the week, Garry will probably have to pretend to be Shirley, just to make up the numbers.
It is good manners for musicians when playing a foreign country to pretend to be happy to be there "Hello, Montenegro
Aliens use phony documents, pretending to be legal, and employers pretend to believe them.